Every party needs a good host
For those of you asking yourself what the heck a web host is and why on earth you would need one, let me explain. What does a party host do? They provide a place to go and connect with other attendees. Same goes with web hosts. They provide the internet space and connectivity for your website. Basically, when someone browses your website, information is sent to the web server and brings up your website.
There are 3 main types of web hosting:
1. SHARED HOSTING
- Maintenance is provided by the host
- Easy to use
- Technical knowledge not required
2. VIRTUAL PRIVATE SERVERS (VPS)
- Quick to set up
- Slightly more expensive than shared hosting
- Upgrading is easy
- Requires more technical knowledge than shared hosting
3. DEDICATING HOSTING
- More expensive than shared hosting or virtual private servers
- Most disk space and bandwidth
- Most access and flexibility
- Requires extensive technical knowledge
So, what does that mean for you and how in the world are you supposed to choose?
Here are 5 tips to help you choose a web host:
Do not even consider a host that doesn’t offer a free SSL Cert (Secure Socket Layer). Google requires it to put your website in the top rankings and honestly, any smart customer will require it too. Basically, this is what protects their payment information when they become a customer on your website. You’ll also want to check for other security features, such as malware detection systems, backups, network monitoring and firewalls.
Make sure you choose a web host that offers 24/7 customer support. Most hosts provide email and chat support, but a few limited hosts will also provide phone support. It’s important that you can reach them if your site crashes or any issues come up, especially if your in the middle of a huge promotion.
Most starting websites won’t use more than 50 GB of storage space, but if your website will be image or video heavy or will require a lot of downloads, you will need to make sure you choose a web host that can support your storage needs and that you choose the right hosting package.
Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred at one time. The more visitors and page views your website has, the more bandwidth needed. The average starting website won’t use more than 10 GP/month, but for more established and large websites, you may need a plan with higher offerings.
In order to look professional, your business email address should use your domain (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org) Many hosts will include up to 10 email addresses free.
BONUS: Free Domain
Many web hosts offer one free domain name with the purchase of your hosting package. If you haven’t already purchased your domain, we recommend going this route.
Our web hosting recommendation?
We have used several different hosts for past websites we have built, but we use Siteground for Aspiher.com and we are extremely happy with it!